In March 2011, Adam Bridgland created a large-scale mural (now part of the East Wing permanent collection) involving a workshop with public participation to colour the work in on the same day as the London student protests.
In January, to mark the twentieth year of The Courtauld Institute’s East Wing exhibition series, I gathered together a large selection of archive material concerning the first East Wing show and the later independent activities of its curator, the late Joshua Compston. I am sincerely grateful to the Compston family for their support and kind gift of material to the East Wing archive. My thanks are also due to Sam Crabtree, David Taborn and Darren Coffield, who all made the exhibition a success with their individual support.
It is hoped that this body of material will continue to expand over the coming years as the efforts of Joshua Compston become further recognised and celebrated.
In late 2010, I curated an exhibition of contemporary art over three venues, choosing artists who look specifically at history within their work – be it visually (through use of, and comment on, a particular medium/material), culturally and politically (critique of gender representation, and of certain sections of historical societies), or through other methodological frameworks. The resulting show, Young Masters Revisited, was kindly sponsored by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery.
At Sphinx Fine Art on Kensington Church Street, I was able to work with the gallery’s large collection of Old Master works from the 17th to 19th centuries and hang examples alongside contemporary works. Particular highlights included Lucas Cranach the Younger, Sassoferrato, Willem Kalf and Gustave Courbet, with which works by Briony Anderson, Leigh Chorlton, Victoria Hall, Karen Knorr and others were paired or hung nearby.
At the Old Truman Brewery, a large and now defunct brewing complex on Brick Lane, I looked at the work of the same contemporary artists, as well as others not displayed at Sphinx, in isolation from these histories. I recreated a Long Gallery space within the industrial white space of the brewery with works opposite each other in a more confrontational arrangement than had been possible or appropriate at Sphinx. Ghost of a Dream created a large room-like installation of mirrors and chandeliers, as well as a specially made light box for the show, and other artists exhibited new photographic, painted, and sculpted works in a variety of media: from porcelain and fibre optics to lottery tickets and woodcuts. Highlights included Katsutoshi Yuasa, Charlotte Bracegirdle and Claire Partington.
The Courtauld Institute of Art once again provided hospitality to a flailing student, enabling me to mount a solo exhibition of wall-mounted polyptychs by Lluis Barba for the Autumn of 2010. This included an impressive reworking of Hieronymous Bosch’s Haywain (c.1485-90).
The following are taken from the catalogue for East Wing Nine – Exhibitionism: The Art of Display, the ninth in an ongoing series of large scale biennial art exhibitions held from January 2010 to July 2011 at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London. I co-curated the exhibition, which included over 100 artists and 200 works, and put particular emphasis on a changing list of events, workshops, and short exhibitions held around the institute under the overall auspices of the show.
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